STARKVILLE, Miss. – This weekend the Mississippi State track and field team hits the road bound again for Southeastern Conference territory as the Bulldogs travel to Baton Rouge for the Battle on the Bayou.
Hosted by LSU, the meet will feature four women’s teams and five men’s teams as action is also seen from Arizona State, Connecticut and Penn State. The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 5 nationally in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Computer Poll, while the Arizona State women are ranked No. 8. The Penn State and MSU women both have yet to crack the Top 25.
On the men’s side, the Maroon and White enter the meet ranked 13th in the country and will compete against the No. 10 Tigers, No. 17 Sun Devils, No. 11 Nittany Lions and the unranked Huskies.
“We are really looking forward to Saturday,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “LSU does a wonderful job hosting one of the nation’s strongest scored meets. There will be a lot of great talent competing this weekend, and we are ready for the challenge.”
MSU will arrive in Baton Rouge boasting some of the country’s top athletes. Sophomore Erica Bougard ranks fifth in the NCCA heptathlon competition, after setting a personal record of 5,649 points at the Texas Relays last month. Meanwhile, junior Marcus Jackson is the second-ranked high jumper in the NCAA. This season he holds a best clearance of 7-05.25, following his personal-best jump of 7-06 at NCAA Indoors in March.
On the track, veteran sprinters pace the Bulldogs. Seniors Nathan Arnett and Daundre Barnaby rank among the Top 15 performers nationally in their individual events, while MSU’s 4x400-meter relay team claims the fifth-best time in the country at 3:05.35.
Competition on Saturday is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the women’s javelin. All running events will be under way at 1:45 p.m., starting with the 4x100-meter relays and concluding at 4 p.m. with the 4x400-meter relays.
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